These stories are about the power of Special Olympics to inspire hope, confidence and courage. Special Olympics changes the lives of our athletes with intellectual disabilities but also our coaches, families, volunteers and others who have the opportunity to take part.
SOSG Gives Back 2021
This year, we collaborated with @thevolunteerswitchboard to prepare THANK YOU cards for the front line workers and ENCOURAGEMENT cards to the patients at KK Women's and Children's Hospital. Embracing the spirit of giving back, our staff, athlete leaders as well as youth leaders and volunteers came together to help prepare and wrap 150 sets of gifts for these children who are undergoing treatments and fighting for recovery at the hospital. We truly hope the message and gifts will warm their hearts as we share the fighting spirits of Special Olympics with them!VIEW MORE
Thank you to the outgoing Executive Committee!
We extend our deepest thanks and sincere gratitude to the outgoing Executive Committee , Capt Roger Loh, Mr Lee Theng Ngee, Mrs Linda Prebhash, Ms Belinda Young and the rest of the Executive Committee members for their commitment in time and energy. As we look back on your time with us, please know that our achievements would not have been possible without all of you at the helm. Special thanks to members of our sub-committees for all their dedication and contributions. To our incoming Executive Committee We are very pleased to have all of you as part of the organisation and we believe with your guidance and support, we will further our mission to create a better world by fostering the acceptance and inclusion of all people.VIEW MORE
Pesta Sukan 2021
Thanks to SportSG and the Singapore Floorball Association for making a special arrangement to host SOSG teams exclusively for an inter-outreach competition, we were able to put 11 teams onto the court for some great action and showcase of skills! The games were played in a 2 v 2 format which consists of 1 SOSG athlete and 1 Unified partner. For our basketball athletes, it was their very first attempt at competing in a mainstream 2 v 2 competition up against persons without intellectual disabilities. We are so proud of their courage and sportsmanship! This opportunity to expose our athletes in the competitive scene serves as a great push to continue striving for their best during their weekly training. Let’s continue to play our part in the fight against Covid’19 so that more competitions can be rolled out progressively. Photo credits to Singapore Floorball Association, Team Nila volunteer photographers: Kenneth Chua (Basketball) / Abd Rahman (Floorball)VIEW MORE
Enjoying the great outdoors!
26 April 2021- Our Athletics Outreach training group consisting of 18 volunteers,11 athletes and 9 parents took a hike along Rail Corridor last Saturday covering 11km despite the over casted weather for our monthly outreach event. The group started from Hillview entrance and proceed along the whole of the rail corridor until to Jalan Bt Merah. The group members certainly enjoyed themselves, immersing in the nature and getting to know the newer athletes and parents better!VIEW MORE
SOSG x Portrait From The Heart
In February 2021 , SOSG together with social enterprise, Portrait from the heart embarked on a studio photography course for some of our athletes who showed keen interest in taking photos. Photography is one of the best skills to learn which helps to boost creativity and inspiration. It is an innovative way to help people with ID appreciate their creative perspectives and express their feelings through visual arts!VIEW MORE
Meet Tan Yee Shu: Fitness Leader and Weight-loss Role Model!
At the 2019 World Games, Tan Yee Shu was known as the talented and motivated captain of his Unified basketball team. He continued that leadership even after competitions and in-person training halted due to COVID-19. Instead of sitting around, Tan Yee Shu got busy. Despite lockdown, he took the initiative to lead virtual workouts with his team. The goal? To encourage everyone to get fit—together! And it worked. But it wasn’t easy. First, Tan Yee Shu had to find and contact all his Basketball teammates and get them interested in virtual fitness sessions. Then he had to plan and prepare the best list of exercises. He also had to teach several players how to use Zoom; he wanted to be sure to leave no one behind.VIEW MORE
Athletes of SOSG
Here at Special Olympics, we celebrate the efforts of our athletes no matter how big or small. It is the effort that counts!
Jan 2022 - Luke
Luke has been a conscientious bocce athlete, and his commitment to his training is even more evident despite the pandemic. Albeit training being conducted virtually, Luke makes an effort to attend almost every session and does his best to do the exercises and activities assigned by the coaches. Luke makes an effort to continue his own practice even when not called upon by the coaches. This is a trait that is commendable and we are proud of his progress and attitude. He is also independent able to practice on his own without much assistance from his family members. Great job Luke!
Dec 2021 - Liu Shan Wei
Every day at Special Olympics, we celebrate the achievements and abilities of our athletes. No effort is too small, as long as you try your very best. We believe that sports have the power to reveal the champion in all of us. This month, we want to give a shout-out to our athlete from the basketball outreach, Liu Shan Wei! "Super hardworking. Comes for all training unless there is work commitment. Never gives up and pushes himself to his limit. No role is too small for him, even if it means that he is not playing a forward position. He takes pride in his endeavours and always put his best foot forward" - Nicholas Lee, Unified Partner
Nov 2021- Gaayatri
Gaayatri has been enjoying running since 2017 and actively participates in SOSG's weekly outreach training. She never fails to brighten the atmosphere with her wide and cheerful smiles! Through running, she has gained confidence, fitness and many new friendships along the way. Keep running towards your goals Gaayatri!
September - Pok Yao
This month we celebrate our athlete from badminton outreach, Pok Yao! He shows determination and discipline, always making effort to attend all training sessions, be it physical or virtual. His effort paid off when he was selected to represent SOSG and came home proud with a silver medalist at the 1st Special Olympics Asia Pacific Unified Badminton Championship 2019 held in Bangkok, Thailand. Through sports, Special Olympics athletes build skills and become leaders on and off the field. They have so much to teach us all!
August 2021- Jeremy Yeo
This month, we'd like to give a shout-out to an athlete who embodies this inspiring attitude, Jeremy Yeo ! 🤩 "Jeremy is extremely diligent when comes to sports and exercise. He puts in extra effort when performing the swimming drills. During training, Jeremy will always keep a positive attitude whether it may be a good day or a tough day for him. Because of this, he is well-liked by the coaches and his peers."
July 2021 - Muhammad Syzwandy
"One of Syzwandy's highlights as an athlete is representing Singapore at the Special Olympics World Summer Games 2011 in Athens, Greece and attaining the gold medal for football! He is an inspiration to coaches & teammates who always comes for training and gives his best effort despite his hectic schedule. In his personal life, he has a never-say-die attitude and is determined to do better each time. He worked hard to gain entry into and graduated from ITE. He is currently working as a QC inspector and we are very proud of his progression!"
June 2021 - Max Milsom
This month we'd like to give praise to our outstanding athlete, Max Milsom! Here's what our volunteer has to say about Max: "He’s always positive and full of enthusiasm. Always willing to learn and try new things. Hardworking. Ever ready to push and challenge himself. He packs a pretty mean spin move under the basket as well. I’ve always enjoyed bantering with him. Such a joy to train alongside him – Mark Chiam, volunteer
May 2021- Athlete Scott
Persons living with cerebral palsy may struggle with many limitations and challenges, and many may assume they cannot participate in sports. Our athlete, Scott, is a great example that sports for persons living with disabilities are possible! He is 52 years old and diagnosed with cerebral palsy with tunnel vision since birth. Over the past few years, he has lost his remaining vision, but it did not deter him from continuing to pursue his love for bowling. Under the supervision and careful guidance from his coach, he has made great improvements and we are so proud of him
April 2021- Jia Xuan
Always up for a challenge, she has been involved in many sports since young. From table tennis, martial arts, basketball, dragon boat to most recently, floorball and dancesport! Jia Xuan is definitely an adventurous and courageous athlete whom we are very proud of! We hope she can continue to enjoy all the different sports and inspire of all us. Above all, all these opportunities are made possible by YOU for donating or supporting in one way or another, so we can get one more athlete onto the playing field.
International Siblings Day 2021
“Siblings-the definition that comprises love, strife, competition and forever friends.” – Byron Pulsifer Celebrate International Siblings Day and give thanks to your brother and sister for this special bond you share with them!
March 2021- Eng Sheng
This month we'd like to give praise to our outstanding athlete, Eng Sheng! His running pace is approximately 5:15/km and that is way faster than the average runner. This couldn't be achieved without the encouragement of his mentor, JP, who volunteers his time weekly in our athletics training as well as Eng Sheng's sheer determination and focus!